Bridges, Sawlett, Haywood & Co. to Herbert (Permanent Under-Secretary)
23 Red Lion Square, W.C.
June 29th 1871
Dear Sir,
We are Solicitors for the family of the late Captn Venables of the 74th Regiment who was drowned in Fraser River British Columbia in August 1864. Captn Venables was at the time of his death a Military Settler there, and was entitled to a Government Grant of 1456 acres at "the Lakes" Thompson River. He died unmarried & left no will and we are informed that the Grant was never made out, but he had what is called a "covenant for title." His brother has a Preemption claim over a portion of the land upon an improvement Certificate. He left Surviving a Mother half brother (the present Bishop of Nassau) 2 brothers and a Sister. We are informed by a Gentleman who has held an Appointment in the Colony that all the next of kin are interested.
We shall esteem it a favor if you will kindly refer us to some quarter where we may obtain information on the subject and perhaps you would allow us to inspect the Statutes of the Colony at the Colonial Office.
We remain Dear Sir
Yours faithfully
Bridges Sawlett Haywood & Co

R.G. Wyndham Herbert Esqre
Colonial Office
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Meade
We might give him the addresses of Mr Trutch
10 Holles Street, Cavendish Sqre W.
& Mr Philippo
20 Kensington Sqre South Kensington.
& tell him he may inspect the Acts on application to the Librarian?
CC 30 June
At once.
RM 1/7
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Meade to Bridges, Sawlett, Hayward [Haywood] & Co., 4 July 1871, suggesting they contact Trutch for further information and advising that on application to the librarian they could inspect the British Columbia acts.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Philippo leaves England to-day.